‘The news from the BBC: its £1bn new base is finally coming on air‘
New Broadcasting House – four years late and £55m over budget – is ready for Andrew Marr and Jeremy Paxman. It is the BBC’s most expensive development: tucked away behind All Souls church at the north end of Regent Street in London, which by next March will house 6,000 staff over 11 floors.
‘Paralympic coverage beyond ‘wildest dreams’ says governing body as they appeal for continued coverage of sports‘
The International Paralympic Committee said that media coverage of the London games had exceeded expectations but appealed to broadcasters not to abandon its sports for the next four years. “The Paralympics have been great for Channel 4 and we would be mad to simply break off and walk away,” said C4′s director of creative diversity.
‘News of the World phone-hacking claims likely to total around 300‘
Former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona and footballer Sol Campbell are among the latest names to issue phone-hacking damages claims. Giving an update at London’s High Court, Hugh Tomlinson QC said that up to 40 more were likely to be added before the 14 September deadline, with total claims expected to be fewer than 300.
‘New editor for the Irish Independent‘
Stephen Rea, editor of the group’s Dublin Evening Herald, is to replace Gerry O’Regan with immediate effect, as editor of the Irish Independent. Rae’s appointment has taken observers by surprise. They expected a change of editor at the Sunday Independent rather than the daily flagship title of the troubled INM group.
‘Economist claims 1,554,948 paid-for circulation‘
The Economist has revealed a total paid-for circulation figure of 1,554,948 – consolidating its print and digital figures from around the world. The figure for the first half of 2012 includes 88,000 paid-for digital edition subscribers (sold separately from the print edition). www.economist.com
‘Rebekah Brooks’s husband – “people don’t know the true story yet”‘
Charlie Brooks, husband of former News International chief executive Rebekah, may be facing a charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, but it hasn’t stopped him giving a lengthy newspaper interview. He has spoken to the Sunday Times (a News International title) about his book, which is published today.